Since plain bars of industrial soap replaced remora fish as humans' hygiene agents of choice, bathers have begun to experience drier skin and a distinct lack of fish hickeys on their bodies. Make bathing fun again with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a 90-minute soap-making class and $5 toward soaps and bath gels (a $25 value) at Milagros, which has two locations.
Milagros crafts fragrant, intricate glycerin soaps by hand and also teaches people to mold their own bars. Over the course of an hour and a half, students have access to a variety of molds, fragrances, and colors, leaving class with a lathering loaf customized to make the body feel and smell like a Hawaiian sunset or the inside of grape. Groupon customers also get $5 toward the purchase of a ready-made bar ($8). The cleansing cubes come in inventive fragrances, such as the fresh Summer Wind and the smooth-and-spicy Coconut Lemongrass, which helped earn Milagros a Best Moisturizing Soap award from Tampa Bay Metro magazine in 2008.
Milagros was named Best Moisturizing Soap by Tampa Bay Metro magazine in 2008. The St. Petersburg Times featured Milagros, and MyFox Tampa Bay mentioned it. Yahoo! Locals give Milagros an average of 3.5 stars.
- Hand-crafted glycerin soap is the perfect little holiday gift. Each bar is unique, and you can pick a scent according to the recipient's preferences. – Ester Vemouziou, St. Petersburg Times
- What an amazing store!! Wonderful locally hand-crafted fragrant soap and unique items. They have an all-natural soap for dogs that is outstanding. – scobeyrussell, Yahoo! Locals
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.